Silicones and EU Policy Goals
The European Union (EU) has embarked on a transition towards digital leadership, closely interconnected with its ambitions for
a climate-neutral future. Innovative technologies would not only increase the EU’s economic competitiveness, but also enable the roll out of low-carbon solutions and ultimately the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Silicones play an indispensable role in extending the lifecycle and improving the performance of key technologies, which enable the EU’s digital transition.
Silicones are essential in the manufacturing process of semiconductors, primarily as an insulator. The main substance used in microchip production is D4, which coats and protects the integrity of the chips. Thanks to their diverse physical properties, silicone polymers are also crucial in the assembly and packaging of semiconductors, where they are applied as lubricants, encapsulants, sealants, rubbers, and electric insulation materials. These applications directly support advancement in technology as well as extend the lifetime, safety, and durability of other materials and structures in digital appliances. To find out more about the role of silicones in semiconductors click here.
The use of silicones in Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) contributes to improved light performance and extended life cycle, among other beneficial features. Commonly recognised as cost-effective and energy efficient, LEDs are a key component of electronics.
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How silicones enable our digital economy